Friday, September 09, 2016

LILAC Project Workshop

LILAC and Citation Project Workshop
Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy
Savannah, GA
October 1, 2016
1-4 p.m.

Workshop Facilitators:
Jeanne Bohannon, Kennesaw State University
Sandra Jamieson, Drew University
Jinrong Li, Georgia Southern University
Janice R. Walker, Georgia Southern University
Carrie Wastal, University of California, San Diego

Workshop Description:
The LILAC Project (Learning Information Literacy across the Curriculum) is a multi-institutional study of student information-seeking behaviors ( This year we join forces with the Citation Project, a study of how students use the information they find (, to consider what both studies may have to tell us about students’ information literacy “habits of mind.”

Participants will gain hands-on experience with the research-aloud protocol (RAP) video captures used as part of this study and identifying and coding subject behaviors.  We will demonstrate coding and analysis of information-seeking behaviors of both native speakers of English and multilingual writers in composition courses, share preliminary findings of a project examining the information literacy of multilingual writers, and discuss its relevance in composition classes, ESL academic writing classes, and content courses in different disciplines. In both large- and small-group discussions, we will consider what we are learning from results of these studies and what we can do with the information, sharing our experience in data analysis and results interpretation, and inviting participants to discuss how to consider the framing of LILAC projects from different disciplinary perspectives. The addition of citation context analysis like that done by the Citation Project allows participants to explore both the research process and the products of that research. The triangulation of data made possible by this combined research provides deeper and more nuanced understanding of information literacy in general and use and misuse of sources in particular.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Don't forget to register!

Just a reminder: Registration is open for the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in Savannah, Georgia, September 30-October 1, 2016. We will also host a reception the evening of September 29 for this year's Keynote Speaker, Daniel Anderson. Register before August 29, 2016, before late registration fees are applied!

Online registration is available at I'm happy to answer any questions about the conference!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

You're invited to attend the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy that will take place in historic Savannah, Georgia at the Coastal Georgia Center, September 30 - October 1, 2016.
Visit the conference website at for more information.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Student Success in Writing Conference, Savannah, GA


LILAC Project members Jeanne Bohannon, Jenna Lancaster, Jinrong Li, Janice R. Walker, and Leigh Ann Williams will be presenting a double session at the upcoming Student Success in Writing Conference to be held at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, GA, March 11, 2016.

We plan to present a bit of background information on LILAC, introduce the RAP videos and coding procedures (e.g. a norming session), followed by small and large group discussions (pretty much what we did at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy this past fall).

We hope you will be able to join us--or bring (or send) others who might be interested in our work to join us.

For more information on the conference, including registration (early bird registration of $90 is available until February 15, 2016; regular registration is $100 until February 29, 2016; and late registration of $110 begins on March 1) and accommodations, visit the conference Web site at

We hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Interviews, RAPs, and other Fancy Stuff

One of our students recently agreed to an interview about information literacy, what he has been taught, what he thinks he needs to know, and more. I really enjoyed talking with him and I hope you will enjoy the video as well. It is now posted to YouTube at

By the way, we have been posting RAPs to our YouTube channel as well. While we still have lots more to post, you can access the interview and the RAPs that have been posted thus far at

We have now collected survey and RAPs from well over 200 subjects, but we have a long way to go to reach our goal. Please let me know if I can do anything to help you. The hardest part of this project is getting students to volunteer. Luckily, some of the faculty at my institution, from a variety of disciplines, decided to award their students a few extra credit points for participating, and that has really driven up the number of participants! Talk to faculty at your institution about how they can encourage their students to volunteer.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

LILAC Workshop!

The LILAC Project will be hosting a post-conference workshop at this year's Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, September 25-26, 2015, in Savannah, Georgia. Please join us!

We are still seeking partner institutions as well. Email me at if you are interested in participating.

For more information about the workshop, visit

Monday, June 22, 2015

The LILAC Group Wants YOU!

The LILAC Group is still seeking institutions to partner with us in collecting data for our ongoing multi-institutional study of student information-seeking behaviors.

How can you join? It's simple! See the Partner Instructions in our shared Google Drive folder at

For more information, email Janice Walker at